D’Estaing’s Decision to Steer for Antigua 28 November 1778

By David Syrett, published May 1975


No satisfactory explanation has ever been adduced for the erroneous decision by the French Admiral D’Estaing to steer for Antigua in order to intercept a British troop convoy which he should have known was heading for Barbados. The author reviews the treatment of the incident by previous historians and shows that the possibility of the French being misled by British prisoners is not supported by the evidence. He points to some indications that D’Estaing may have been acting irrationally at the time.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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